Happy Hump Day! Today is a rather simple photo, it’s a bison on Niagara St. by the 190. But the history here is pretty cool. These bisons are made of fiberglass and the original bisons, appearing back in 2000, were part of a Roswell Park and Burchfield-Penney Art Center collaboration. The bisons were made and handed out to various Buffalo artists to decorate, were placed on display around Buffalo, and eventually auctioned off to benefit Roswell. These days you can see the Buffalo roaming on thruways, businesses, city streets, etc.
Interestingly, the first bison was made over 100 years prior, in 1895, and is still owned by and on display at the Buffalo Museum of Science. From 1929-1945, it stood outside the Buffalo Central Terminal. His name is Stuffy, and soldiers and travelers would pet him for good luck. He’s made of iron wire and papier-mâché and topped with an actual bison hide. Next time you’re at the museum, stop by and visit Stuffy!